Officer Ratnayaka here is actually very nice.
Not to quote Ice Cube, but the Sri Lankan police are hardly beloved. A DIG was recently arrested for conspiring to murder a businessman, ie be a hit man. On the low levels reports of police torture and abuse are widespread. Low-ranking policemen are usually the ones disciplined, if at all, but this fish is really rotting from the head. The Sunday Times has a good piece on how the people at the top don’t get punished and how the structure of the government leads to corruption and abuse on the streets.
Kishali Pinto Jayawardene’s large point seems to be that having the Police under the Ministry Of Defence and neutering the National Police Commission creates an atmosphere ripe for abuse. Which it does. The monitoring MP for the MinDef is Duminda Silva, quite obviously implicated in a public homicide, and he will be attending Parliament tomorrow, AFAIK.
The government has for a long time centralized power (especially the violent end of it) under the guise of keeping us safe, but with no oversight and obvious abuses like a DIG turning contract killer, who will protect us from the police.